30 Folgen

Write the Book radio show airs weekly on WBTV-LP in Burlington, Vermont. Shelagh offers in-depth, hour-long interviews with authors, poets, illustrators, agents, and editors about writing, publishing, finding inspiration, developing one’s craft, and finding community. Her show always ends with a new writing prompt, usually one recommended by that week’s guest. The easy rapport that Shelagh establishes with her guests—who include everyone from top selling and award winning authors to authors publishing with indies or self-publishing—results in a wonderful conversational flow that is fun to listen to and always informative. The archives include over 400 interviews with authors including Ann Patchett, Kate Atkinson, Colum McCann, Richard Russo, Steve Almond and Jennifer Egan.

Write The Book: Conversations on Craft Write the Book

    • Bücher

Write the Book radio show airs weekly on WBTV-LP in Burlington, Vermont. Shelagh offers in-depth, hour-long interviews with authors, poets, illustrators, agents, and editors about writing, publishing, finding inspiration, developing one’s craft, and finding community. Her show always ends with a new writing prompt, usually one recommended by that week’s guest. The easy rapport that Shelagh establishes with her guests—who include everyone from top selling and award winning authors to authors publishing with indies or self-publishing—results in a wonderful conversational flow that is fun to listen to and always informative. The archives include over 400 interviews with authors including Ann Patchett, Kate Atkinson, Colum McCann, Richard Russo, Steve Almond and Jennifer Egan.

    Barbara Buckman Strasko - Archive Interview #604 (2/17/20)

    Barbara Buckman Strasko - Archive Interview #604 (2/17/20)

     
    Interview from the archives with the poet Barbara Buckman Strasko, who has a new collection coming out soon from Word Poetry Books: The Opposite of Lightning. In this interview, we discuss an earlier collection, Graffiti in Braille (Wordtech). 
    In our conversation, Barbara and I discussed the ways that both graffiti and braille are forms of expression that circumvent some impediment. In the case of graffiti, that impediment might be a lack of authorization. In the case of braille, blindness. Other examples I can think of include a message in a bottle, skywriting, closed captions on a screen. This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to create a new form of expression that circumvents some deterrent, and write about it. Or write using it!
    Good luck with your work in the coming week, and tune in next week for another prompt or suggestion.
    Music Credit: Aaron Shapiro

    • 54 Min.
    Kathleen Donohoe - Interview #603 (2/10/20)

    Kathleen Donohoe - Interview #603 (2/10/20)

    A conversation with the author Kathleen Donohoe, whose latest is Ghosts of the Missing (Mariner), a novel that follows the mysterious disappearance of a twelve-year-old girl during a town parade.
    This week's Write the Book Prompt was generously offered by my guest, Kathleen Donohoe. Open a favorite poetry collection to a random page, write the first line of the poem you see there, and let that be the starting point for your writing session. Kathleen finds that, even if that first line can't stay ultimately, this can be an excellent way into new work. 
    Good luck with your work in the coming week, and tune in next week for another prompt or suggestion.
    Music Credit: Aaron Shapiro

    • 45 Min.
    Jessica McDiarmid - Interview #602 (2/3/20)

    Jessica McDiarmid - Interview #602 (2/3/20)

     
    Canadian Journalist Jessica McDiarmid, author of Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference, and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (Atria).
    This week's Write the Book Prompt is to write a poem, a story, an essay, or a reflection about a person who has disappeared. 
    Good luck with your work in the coming week, and tune in next week for another prompt or suggestion.
    Music Credit: Aaron Shapiro
     

    • 59 Min.
    Ann Patchett - Archive Interview #601 (1/27/20)

    Ann Patchett - Archive Interview #601 (1/27/20)

     
    An interview from the archives with the author Ann Patchett about her essay collection, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (Harper Perennial). 
    Recent impeachment coverage has me remembering that, when I was nine years old, Richard Nixon’s impeachment hearings were on the television every afternoon, pre-empting my cartoons. This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to write about a child’s perspective on some contemporary political moment.
    Good luck with your work in the coming week, and tune in next week for another prompt or suggestion.
    Music Credit: Aaron Shapiro

    • 50 Min.
    Cynthia Newberry Martin - Show #600!!! (1/20/20)

    Cynthia Newberry Martin - Show #600!!! (1/20/20)

     
    Cynthia Newberry Martin, whose debut novel is Tidal Flats (Bonhomie Press).
    This week I’m going to suggest two Write the Book Prompts, both of which were part of my interview with Cynthia.

    First, think of black and white passions for your characters and write in that direction. See if you uncover something new and interesting that might stay black and white, or might become more layered and complex. See where it takes you.
    The second prompt was suggested during the interview by Cynthia, who loves sentences. Turn to a random page in a piece that you are working on and study the sentences you find on that page. Where are the boring ones? What can you get rid of? Do away with anything unnecessary. So many first-draft sentences are boring or unnecessary. After that, try to make the remaining sentences more interesting. In the aftermath of our interview, she added yet another layer to this exercise. As you try to make the remaining sentences more interesting, consider looking Shirley Hazzard’s The Transit of Venus. One example from Cynthia: Instead of “Pearl Harbor was bombed,” or something banal, Hazzard writes, “One hot day Caro looked up Pearl Harbor in the atlas.” This brings the information to the reader by way of character. Try, likewise, to bring information through your own characters, making more interesting and relevant sentences.

    Good luck with your work in the coming week, and tune in next week for another prompt or suggestion.
    Music Credit: Aaron Shapiro

    • 49 Min.
    Lisa Moore Ramée - Interview #599 (1/13/20)

    Lisa Moore Ramée - Interview #599 (1/13/20)

     
     
    Lisa Moore Ramée, whose debut middle grade novel is A Good Kind of Trouble (Balzer + Bray).
    This week’s Write the Book Prompt was suggested by my guest, Lisa Moore Ramée, and was inspired by an exercise that was assigned in the workshop she attended led by Renée Watson. Take your two main characters and put them in direct opposition. Have them fight or argue about something that they really care about. You may or may not end up using the scene, but it will probably help clarify who your characters are and what they want.
    Good luck with your work in the coming week, and tune in next week for another prompt or suggestion.
    Music Credit: Aaron Shapiro

    • 59 Min.

Top‑Podcasts in Bücher

Zuhörer haben auch Folgendes abonniert: